there is no greater feeling or moment than viewing a 250 pound sea turtle glide through the crashing ocean waves. Even better is watching a baby sea turtle make its way toward the huge abyss of the sea. At North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, you can experience both of these magnificent happenings of the loggerhead sea turtle on Bald Head Island, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Caswell Beach and Oak Island.
From nest to sea, the loggerhead is an extraordinary and monolithic creature that travels great distances to lay its eggs on our many shores from May to August. The hatchings of these creatures will begin in July and continue into October. However, some of the biggest threats to sea turtles are habitat loss, fishing, poaching, and pollution. Therefore, it is our duty to ensure that these turtles fulfill their long lifespan of up to 100 years by educating the community.
With conservation practices in full-effect, you will find that our beaches are home to a multitude of protected nests managed by sea turtle protection organizations. These organizations seek to educate locals and visitors about the importance of keeping these charming sea creatures safe.
Many groups offer free seminars, tours and information about protecting the loggerhead turtles. In fact, several of our beaches offer free ‘Turtle Talks’ in order to educate on turtles and provide insight into ways we can help protect this endangered species.
Turtle Talks – Holden Beach
Jun 4, 2014 – Aug 27, 2014, 7:00 PM
Sea Turtle Talk – Sunset Beach
May 28, 2014 – Sep 1, 2014, 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Turtle Talks – Ocean Isle Beach
May 25, 2014 – Aug 26, 2014, 7:00PM
Many of our islands offer the opportunity to sponsor turtle nests. On Ocean Isle Beach, nests are monitored and updated continuously with information regarding the status of each nest. The Turtle Watch Program on Holden Beach even has statistics on the number of current nests, known eggs and the total baby turtles that have made it to the ocean. All the turtle watch or sea turtle protection organizations in the Brunswick Islands maintain websites. Visit the Sunset Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, or Bald Head Island sea turtle programs for more information.
Plan your last summer beach vacation around this miraculous turtle celebration as you watch, learn and have fun with your family, friends and of course, the loggerhead sea turtle.